Rahul Tewatia’s blitz and super-over tussle, the highlight, as we look at the key moments from week 2 of IPL 2020.
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League has not taken much time to step into the final gear. Week 2 put on some exhilarating shows for the viewers to absorb. Even as teams are gently finding feet, we have already witnessed some of the riveting T20 encounters of the season.
The second week of this season has ascertained yet again why IPL is the best T20 league on the planet. While there was one crazy ride of a chase on display, week two also witnessed a Super Over. The past seven days have also enabled teams to learn the conditions and prepare better for approaching games.
While KKR and SRH opened their account, KXIP conceded two demoralizing losses in this week. Meantime, Rajasthan discovered their problems outside Sharjah, and Mumbai put on display one of their best showings. Delhi and CSK lost a game, and RCB won the Super Over during week two. But, which were the key moments of IPL 2020 from week 2? Let’s have a look.
#5: A Mature Knock By Priyam Garg
SRH’s middle-order has often not had a say in the team’s victories. Sensing this, the franchise had got hold of a couple of young Indian batsmen in the pre-season auction. It was one of them who stood up in the game against CSK, and helped his side to an improbable victory.
The pressure was mounting externally for Priyam Garg as his contemporaries like Devdutt, Gill, Bishnoi, etc. had gotten off to a good start in the tournament. Within the match as well, Priyam was under the pump as he had failed to respond quickly to save a Kane Williamson run-out. While everyone thought Priyam would crumble under tension, he actually allowed his maturity to come out on the occasion.
Although he started slowly, Priyam paced his knock very well and also took risks when bad balls were on offer. He compiled a 26 ball 51 with six boundaries and a huge hit out of the park to take SRH to a defendable score of 164. The Uttar Pradesh batsman was also given the Player of the Match award for his performance.
#4: MI’s Blockbuster Batting at the Death
Mumbai Indians are always known to be brutal during the death overs, and yet again, they proved their stance, not once, but twice. After the phenomenal show in the loss to RCB, Mumbai Indians yet again batted their skins out at the death against the KXIP.
The team was 87-3 in the 14th over, and it looked as though, a score of around 170 was on the cards. However, the power-hitters of MI came to the crease, and the game had no option but to turn its way. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard blasted 62 runs off the final three overs against KXIP and helped the team reach a challenging total of 191.
The duo was in brilliant form, as they together hit a total of six sixes. They were also aided by KL Rahul’s surprising choice of bowlers against them like bowling with off-spinner Gowtham in the 20th over. Eventually, Mumbai won the game by 48 runs and took the No.1 spot on the table.
#3: The Mavi-Nagerkoti Show
While young Indian batsmen were on fire till now, week two also allowed rookie Indian bowlers to hog the limelight. Right at the front of the queue were KKR’s Kamlesh Nagerkoti and Shivam Mavi. Both bowlers turned the screws on Rajasthan’s batsmen in the 12th game, and helped KKR clinch a win.
Despite an underwhelming batting performance, KKR could have been satisfied with their 175-run target for RR. However, with the kind of form Rajasthan’s batsmen were in, the game had in it to go down the wire. But then, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagerkoti had decided to make that day their own.
The former U19 partners picked up two wickets each and conceded runs at a meager rate. While Mavi landed the big blows with the scalps of Buttler and Samson, Kamlesh cleaned up the middle-order with the wickets of Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag. Eventually KKR won the match comfortably.
#2: Super Over No. 2 – MI vs RCB
The maximum number of Super Overs held in a single season until this edition were two. With a Super Over already happening in Week 1, very few had expected another to follow in the subsequent week. However, MI and RCB had other ideas as they met in the second super-over of the season.
After coming out of the rut from the middle-overs, RCB did well to give a target of 202 for MI. The defending champions played to RCB’s strategies and looked out of sorts in the first fifteen overs. With 80 runs required in 4 overs and all the big boys back in the hut, it looked all but game over for MI. Notwithstanding, Mumbai’s Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard took RCB bowlers to the cleaners and did all the work to give the team a chance. They fell short by a run of the target, and hence, the umpires called for Super Over No.2 of IPL 2020.
The Super Over was a closely-contested affair. Navdeep Saini was brilliant for RCB as he restricted MI to just six runs. Needing just seven, RCB’s premier batsmen took the crease against Mumbai’s premier bowler. It was the ‘Best v Best’ scenario on display. Despite Bumrah going for the kill, he did not have many runs to defend, and eventually, RCB came out victorious from the encounter.
#1: Rahul Tewatia’s Heroic Comeback
This game is surely for the ages. Batting first, KXIP posted a stiff target of 224 runs on board. RR lost Jos Buttler early and were forced into submission. Sanju Samson did not yield, but he was not getting sufficient support. In fact, Rahul Tewatia (he was 5 of 19 then) was undoing all the good work.
The Haryana all-rounder was being criticized heavily in the com-box too. Steve Smith might have been contemplating if sending Tewatia up the order was his worst captaincy decision ever. However, then came the twist. A twist that no one saw coming.
After Sanju Samson lost his wicket, everyone had drew the curtains down on RR’s possibilities. However, defying expectations, Tewatia stuck five sixers of Sheldon Cottrell in a single over, and brought the game back for his team. He completed his fifty, and along with the help of Jofra Archer’s cameo, the former Delhi Capitals cricketer took his team over the line. In the process, RR also broke the record for the highest successful chase ever in IPL.
IPL 2020 Stats || Oct 06:
- Orange Cap: 302 Runs – KL Rahul (KXIP)
- Purple Cap: 12 Wickets – Kagiso Rabada (DC)
- Highest Individual Score: 132 (69) – KL Rahul (KXIP)
- Best Bowling Innings: 4-24 – Kagiso Rabada (DC)
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